The Chambray Sequence of Success Responses
From time to time an article published to the Chambray Labradors website elicits added attention by our readers. Normally there is an increase of about 10% of emails following most articles published for the reading public. This usually comes out to about 10 or 15 emails per day requesting further information or some just adding their comments about the article, however a subject that strikes a chord with a larger number of readers will see a spike in the emails to go above 30 to 50 responses per day after it appears at the website.
Such is the case with the most recent offering at the website entitled Chambray Sequence of Success. The concurring train of thought from most that have emailed in has been for me to further explain how the sequence of success works using examples.
In order to simplify the process, I will document one particular series of co-ownerships and breedings that dates back to 1990 and is still functioning at the top levels of success with over a dozen people involved.
****Major News****1 week after this article was published to the website Kika was to win a Best In Show at the Vero Beach dog shows!!!!!!!!!!!!!She becomes only the 3rd Labrador Retriever born in Florida to ever win a Best In Show in Florida!!! She is the first-ever female Labrador Retriever to accomplish that feat and she is only 15 months old! She now wears the one of a kind title of AKC Bred-By Exhibitor BEST IN SHOW Ch Chambrays Celestial N Counter. Adding to the history making is that Kika has been totally breeder/owner/handled by Johanna Herzon since she was a puppy and has won all these awards and titles with her as her handler!
So a summary of the preceding looks like this.
Above is a great illustration of one of dozens of Chambray Sequence of Successes. This one features:
Our motto Raising the Bar One Generation at a Time For the Betterment of the Breed.
Q. I have been following your successes at the dog shows for over a year and now I realize how your program works. How do you decide who receives one of your top show puppies.
A. There is a process that I follow in getting to know those interested in our puppies and what their involvement will be in the future with the puppy that is placed with them. After being contacted by a prospective new owner, I provide them with as much information as possible about dog ownership in general. I ask them to read through several articles and pages that are available at the website. Through subsequent email exchanges I determine what the interest level is of those inquiring and then offer them more in-depth information about the possibility of owning a show quality dog and the levels of activity that are available with a show puppy. The more interested the client becomes, the more information is made available them through emails, phone conversations and visitations with us at our home and also at dogs shows that we travel to.
Q. I just purchased a show puppy from a well-known top show breeder, I also live here in Florida, would you consider us for your program?
A. Yes, absolutely! We would need to get together and I would need to evaluate your puppy and also see the pedigree. We would also need to discuss your expectations and also I would need to explain to you all your options of involvement with the breed and with our program in particular. After the evaluation (hopefully a good outcome evaluation) and after explaining the alternatives available to you (should you accept to enter our programs), we would essentially be forming a working agreement for the future with your puppy.
Q. I own a champion stud dog, would you be interested in using him in your vast program of breedable females?
A. Email me photos and his pedigree. If he fits the need, then I would make the time to see him in person for a full evaluation and if that is all systems go, then we would come to some type of a working agreement for the use of his stud service. I could even advertise and promote him at our website that attracts over 700 visitors a day world-wide.
Q. We are looking for handling for our Labrador at the dog shows. Do you provide that service for dogs even though you didn't breed them?
A. Yes, we provide training, conditioning and handling to all dogs regardless of where they came from. We will only handle the best dogs that we feel will be competitive at the dog shows. We would need to set up an appointment for me to evaluate the dog for conformation and also to see how much training and conditioning he would need before you ever enter him in a show.
Q. I would like a great quality puppy, but I am not sure if I will be involved in showing or breeding. Do I qualify for one of your puppies?
A. After we exchange emails, phone conversations and a visit with me at the farm or at a dog show near you, you may have more information to base your decision to possibly own one of our show puppies. However we also make available those puppies that do not have the competitiveness to do well at dog shows and those we place as pet quality with the AKC Limited Registration. So, you could end up with a great quality puppy from us after all.
Q. How long is the wait for one of your puppies?
A. Very difficult to say and even harder to explain! First of all, we only have about 80 puppies available throughout the year!!!!!! Plus, I receive well over 1000 emails per year asking for our puppies! We have people waiting with very specific requests, such as a Black Show Female, or a Pet Chocolate Male and on and on.............so there may be a few people waiting for a certain color, a certain sex and a certain status. Some even will request a puppy out of a particular sire or dam.
What makes the wait even more confusing for some is that I won't know exactly what is available until the litter is 7 weeks old and I perform the all important temperament and show evaluations!!!!!!!
Oy Vey doesn't adequately explain the process................however if you are willing to wait for the best, you will have the best and hopefully your wait won't be longer that 6 months as the average wait is about 3 months!
Q. I have read through your website and there doesn't seem to be an end to it. You all offer so much in terms of training, support, mentorship and great quality puppies, there doesn't seem to be any other breeder that offers as much. You all are truly a one of a kind breeder. What commitment does it take from us to be considered for one of your puppies?
A. First of all you need to fully understand our mission with the breed and also our goals with each and every breeding that we put together. There are those that just do not get the concept of how we do things. The majority of people looking for a puppy are used to dealing with people that are only breeding dogs. These are breeders that have several females or a kennel full that they breed and produce puppies from. We prefer that each of the dogs that we use in our breeding program live in someone's home and are loved first and foremost as house hold companions. The fact that these family pets are also the absolute best show dogs in Florida by far and wide, makes them the absolute best dogs to perpetuate the breed by producing the next generation of Labrador Retrievers.
How those dogs become house hold companions is a result of our highly successful selection process of new owners, which in turn will become our co-breeders of the future to produce the absolute best show Labradors in Florida. So, having a valued understanding of the preceding is highly instrumental in being considered to be an owner of a Chambray Labrador puppy.
Reading all the available material at the website is a great way to enrich the learning process, communicating with us through email for more specific information would be the next logical step in the information gathering process, meeting with us personally to cover any and all pertinent questions is a must for those that live within the state.
These steps will enhance your chances of being selected to join us with the placement of one of our 80 or so puppies produced yearly from over 150 females that are part of our Chambray Labradors Owners Community.
Being able to work with us for the Betterment of the Breed is essential in order to be considered for ownership of a Chambray Labrador puppy. As the examples covered by this article, the Chambray Sequence of Success is paramount for the perpetuation of the superior quality produced by our novel and unique program for Labrador Retrievers and all the owners that have been part of this success story that now spans 2 plus decades!